Teens For Jeans

A jean drive is on at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport where the main office is accepting donations of gently worn jeans. The purpose is to help teenagers in Haiti, as well as homeless teens in local communities. The jeans get collected and then delivered to Aeropostale (a jean designer and manufacturing company), which sends them off to Haiti or a local homeless shelter. The jeans need to be collected by Friday, Feb. 12.


Dispatches from away

This news from the long road (and courtesy of the Natchez Democrat): Two cyclists from Rockland,  Paul Dorr and Clint Valentine, rode into Natchez, Miss., on Feb. 1, just passing through on their way to San Diego. They are making the haul across the country on bikes to raise money for breast cancer research for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The two, a cook and a schooner deckhand, are raising funds in honor of Dorr’s mother. The reporter for the Natchez Democrat, Hannah Reel, got a telling photograph of the men, appearing hale and hearty after almost three months on the road. They both haul small trailers behind their bikes. Their Web site: teambowditch.com. Dorr told Reel that every day for the two is a history lesson, as they wind through America.


Rockland graduate focuses on Haiti

This news from the Baltimore Sun, in Maryland: A recent article about helping Haiti featured another Rocklander, Katie Goldsmith, who now works for Catholic Relief Services as the West Africa regional representative. But her attention was recently focused more on Haiti, as she was pulled in to help a core team of staff responding to the earthquake there. The Baltimore Sun produced a short news clip and article about the response and the Catholic Relief Services effort to handle logistics. In that capacity, Goldsmith, who grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School in 2002 and then from the University of Maine in 2006, was working the phones and figuring out how to ship supplies and then have someone at the other end pick up and make use of those supplies. Read the full article at baltimoresun.com/features/faith.


Die-hard competitors

Sledders from three of the local toboggan teams were on Hosmer Pond Jan. 31, chipping away at the garbage of leaves and debris that flowed off the mountain during that torrential rain last week. The crews chipped and scraped dirt, rocks, sticks and leaves that had become frozen to the ice and used a plow to move it all. Then the Lincolnville and Camden fire departments arrived with portable pumps. The firefighters used augers to drill holes in the 14-inch-thick ice and then dropped in hoses to pump water back onto the top of the ice to create a new, smooth layer.


A little kindness goes far

It’s been a tough go for many people lately, with sadness and hardship surfacing in many corners of our communities. The reasons are often inexplicable, and the common refrain heard lately is “what is going on!” What helps us through are the small kindnesses that are so abundant in everyday actions and conversations. The smiles, encouragement, concern and humor help us stay upright, even when the storm clouds thunder down.


Parents appreciating teachers

The eighth annual Valentine’s Luncheon for Camden Hills Regional High School staff will be held Thursday, Feb. 11. That’s when the parents take entrees, salads and desserts to the school in Rockport for the 100-plus staff members to show their appreciation for teachers. Parents are being asked to prepare soup, stews, chili, chicken salad and other lunch-like dishes. We hear the staff members particularly appreciate fancy desserts. To find out more about the lunch, call Heidi Karod at 236-0523.